NEW WILMINGTON – Westminster College will induct seven new members into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame on September 9.
The Class of 2022 is: Adam Carswell ’13, Men’s Athletics; Jim Dafler, athletic director and men’s basketball coach; Rebecca Giles Badgujar ’08, women’s swimming and diving; Caitlin Hosler Zavora ’14, women’s tennis; Ryan Pontius ’98, men’s golf (posthumously); Elizabeth Schultz Fee ’11, softball; Jessie Szakacs, class of 12, volleyball.
The inductees will be recognized on the pitch during half-time of the Westminster-Bethany football match on September 10, which is due to start at 1 p.m. Formal induction ceremonies will take place at dinner on September 9. -946-7307) for more information.
Adam Carswell was one of the Westminster leaders who helped turn the program into PAC champions (three in a row, including the school’s first). A 400 meter specialist, Carswell was a three-time PAC Champion in the Outdoor 400 (2011 – 49.70, 2012 – 48.87, 2013 – 49.07) and was part of the PAC Champion 4×400 relay team in 2010 which won with a time of 3:22.42. Carswell is the only Westminster runner to be the PAC 400 champion and is one of two Titan track athletes to have won an individual PAC event three times in his career. Carswell was a key member of three consecutive PAC Outdoor Championship teams (2011, 2012, 2013).
Jim Dafler was a staff member of Titan Athletics for 32 years, 22 of them as athletic director. Under his leadership and guidance, Westminster has become a landing point for student-athletes from across the country who come to compete in world-class facilities. Dafler helped lead the construction and renovation of state-of-the-art facilities to further enhance the student-athlete experience and provide as many opportunities as possible for all Titans to succeed. These top-tier facilities include the UPMC Sports Complex, Westminster Softball Field, Westminster Baseball Field, and the Bill Rankin Indoor Golf Center. Dafler led the charge to add four new varsity sports programs—including women’s golf, women’s track and field, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse—and the reinstatement of the diving program. He also helped with the transition of Westminster’s move from NAIA to NCAA Division II to NCAA Division III. Additionally, Dafler oversaw several renovations and improvements to Harold Burry Stadium and the Memorial Field House (including the expansion and renovation of the football locker rooms, the Chet and Hilda Claire student-athlete lounge, and the Dar Huey Heritage Center) . During Dafler’s tenure at Westminster, teams, student-athletes, and coaches received regional and national recognition, including numerous All-Americans, conference players of the year, varsity athletes, championship of the conference, coaches of the year and players from all conferences. . Dafler joined Westminster in 1989 as assistant coach of the men’s basketball team, later being promoted to head coach and becoming director of athletics in 1999. During his coaching tenure, Dafler helped Westminster win five Keystone-Empire Collegiate Conference (KECC) titles and two NAIA Division I National Playoff appearances. Throughout his career as head coach, Dafler was just four wins out of 200.
Rebecca Giles Badgujar was selected to the All-PAC first team four times. Giles was a key member of the 2006 and 2007 PAC Championship teams (and a pair of finalists). Giles has four Top 10 finishes in Westminster history. She placed third in the 200 individual medley (2:09.21), fifth in the 200 butterfly (2:11.95), sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:10.53) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.24). She was PAC champion in the 400 individual medley in 2006 and was also a member of two relays that won conference titles (400 medley (2007) and 800 freestyle (2005)). She qualified nationally for the 2007 NCAA Championships (400 individual IM, 200 individual IM and 200 backstroke). Giles, who has held numerous college and natatorium records throughout his career, is a member of PAC’s 60th Anniversary Team.
Caitlin Hosler Zavoram, the only PAC Player of the Year in program history, was an All-PAC selection for all four years — including first-team All-PAC in three seasons. Hosler was a key member of consecutive Westminster PAC Championship teams (2012, 2013). She holds career school records in wins in singles (71, mostly at No. 1) and doubles (75, all at No. 1). In total, Hosler has earned eight All-PAC finishes in the PAC Tournament, including first team (first place in the PAC Tournament) four times (2013, No. 1 in singles; 2012, No. 2 in singles; 2012, #1 doubles with Alex Bailey; 2010, #2 singles). During his PAC MVP season, Hosler was 20-1 in singles No. 1 (tied for second in program history for singles wins in a season) and helped Westminster win a title PAC champion and qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Her 20 wins in 2013 tied for the second-most singles wins in a season in school history and are the most by a No. 1 female singles player of all time. Hosler won the No. 1 singles at the 2013 PAC Championship, the only No. 1 singles player in program history to win an individual PAC title. As a junior, Hosler teamed with Alex Bailey at the No. 1 doubles to become the school’s only undefeated pair with a 20-0 record. In 2011, Hosler was 20-1 overall in doubles No. 1 with Bailey, tied for the most doubles wins in program history.
Ryan Pontius is a three-time NAIA All-American. Named the team’s MVP, Pontius is the only player in program history to have the team’s lowest season average score in all four years. His 76.5 average during his senior campaign ranks fifth all-time in school history. Pontius is tied for first in school history for a total of 36 holes with a 142. He is tied for fifth in program history for most rounds of par or better. Pontius helped the team win four consecutive NAIA Northeast Regional Championships. An all-region recipient, Pontius was a consecutive NAIA Northeast Regional individual medalist (1996, 1997) and tied for first as a senior.
Elizabeth Schultz Fee has stifled the batters in the circle as she was a four-time All-PAC selection, including first team in 2010 and 2011 (second team in 2008 and 2009). Schulz is a member of the much revered PAC 60th Anniversary Team. Schulz was an All-Region selection in 2010, one of two pitchers in program history to be named an All-Region; she was 13-4 with a PAC-leading 1.30 ERA that season. In 2010, his 13 wins, three shutouts and a .211 batting average all led the team. Schulz, the team’s MVP as a senior, compiled a 2.39 ERA (second on the team), tied for the team lead with nine wins, and his 70 strikeouts batting also tied for the team lead in 2011. For his career, Schulz hit 179 batters, while totaling 30 wins, seven shutouts and 23 complete games.
Jessie Szakacs ’12, a three-time All-PAC first-team selection, is one of the best passers in school history. A member of the PAC’s 60th Anniversary Team, Szakacs has the second-most assists in program history with 3,309 – only the third Titan to dole out more than 3,000 career assists. A starter for three years, Szakacs has finished in the PAC’s top four for assists in each of his last three seasons. Additionally, Szakacs was third on the team in service aces three of his four seasons, including the second-best in 2009 with a career-high 43. His 124 career service aces are the 14th-most in the league. school history.